South Coast Explorer with Blue Mountains & Great Ocean Road

13 Day Outback Wilderness Adventure from Sydney to Melbourne with APT

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 13 Day South Coast Explorer with Blue Mountains & Great Ocean Road. Experience New South Wales & Victoria's stunning natural wonders. Venture in to the Outback, visit stunning national parks and cruise along the Great Ocean Road.

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1 Arrive Sydney, Blue Mountains
Be met on arrival in Sydney and journey to the iconic Blue Mountains. Here, ride the steepest railway in the world, the Scenic Railway, and descend into the rainforest setting of the Jamison Valley, before returning via the Scenic Cableway. Tonight, a relaxed welcome dinner at your hotel provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow travellers. Stay Two Nights: Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa (L/D)
2 Blue Mountains
Take in views of the spectacular Three Sisters today as you continue your exploration of this remarkable region. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Just before evening falls, have your camera ready as you enjoy drinks at sunset at a lookout overlooking the Blue Mountains, which offers an unrivalled vantage point.
3 Blue Mountains, Sydney
Return to Sydney, where you'll enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour, an experience that few waterways in the world can offer. Stay: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (B/L/D)
4 Royal National Park, Kiama, Jervis Bay, Mollymook
Travel along the South Coast of New South Wales as you traverse the Grand Pacific Drive. In Royal National Park, discover rainforests and seaside villages. Arrive in Kiama, where you'll stop to see its famous Blowhole. After lunch, visit Booderee National Park, where a local Indigenous expert will guide you through its botanical gardens, offering an invaluable insight into traditional bush food, medicine and survival skills. Later, arrive at your hotel in Mollymook in time for dinner. Tonight, savour dinner at Rick Stein at Bannisters. Stay: Mollymook, Bannisters the Pavilion (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Join a local Indigenous expert in Booderee National Park and explore its botanical gardens.
5 Yarrangobilly
Enter Kosciuszko National Park as you depart early for Yarrangobilly, home to some of the most beautiful limestone caves in Australia. Tonight, you will stay in the 1917 section of Yarrangobilly Caves House, an award-winning heritage property within the national park. Stay Two Nights: Yarrangobilly Caves House (B/L/D)
6 Yarrangobilly
Take a guided tour to discover Jillabenan Cave's stalagmites, stalactites, shawls and cave corals. After a picnic lunch, you will have the opportunity to relax in the large outdoor thermal pool, fed by a natural spring with water remaining at a perfect year-round temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. (B/L/D)
7 Thredbo, Mount Kosciuszko, Jindabyne
Travel to Thredbo, where your journey will soar to new heights today. Board the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift for sublime vistas as you are lifted to the closest access point to Mount Kosciuszko. Enjoy a unique dining experience at Eagles Nest Restaurant, 1,937 metres above Thredbo Village. Arrive at your inn overlooking Lake Jindabyne. Stay: Jindabyne, The Banjo Paterson Inn (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Take in the views over Mount Kosciuszko as you board the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift.
8 Myrtleford
Traverse the Alpine Way and Murray Valley Highway as you cross into the state of Victoria. Later, arrive in Myrtleford. Stay: Myrtleford Motel On Alpine (B/L/D)
9 Glenrowan, Benalla, Stringybark Creek, Mansfield
Experience a full day in Kelly Country. First stop in Glenrowan, the site of the Last Stand of Ned Kelly. Here, experience an interactive theatre production that will transport you back in time over 100 years, to witness the events that led up to the capture of the Kelly Gang. Continue to Benalla and embark on a walking tour, then explore the Benalla Heritage Trail, packed with more than 20 sites that bring this town to life. These include the original Broken River Border Police Station and the barber shop where Ned Kelly tried to escape custody. Then, traverse a 4WD track to Stringybark Creek, where the infamous shoot-out between police and the Kelly Gang took place on 26 October 1878. Stay: Mansfield, Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • See a Ned Kelly theatre production then explore the Benalla Heritage Trail.
  • Traverse a 4WD track to Stringybark Creek.
10 Buxton, Healesville, Yarra Valley, Melbourne
Travel via Buxton to Healesville, where you will enjoy an exclusive Signature Experience. Head to the popular Yarra Valley wine region, where you'll enjoy lunch at Coombe, once the home of world-famous opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba. Arrive at your hotel in Melbourne later this afternoon. Stay: Pullman Melbourne on the Park (B/L)

Signature Experiences:
  • Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Healesville Sanctuary. Interact with native wildlife in a tranquil bushland setting, while learning about how the sanctuary is committed to fighting extinction.
11 Great Ocean Road
Today you will set out on the iconic Great Ocean Road as you pass some of the most awe-inspiring coastal landscapes. Visit Torquay for lunch, then later, arrive in the picturesque village of Lorne. Stay Two Nights: Great Ocean Road, Mantra Lorne (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Healesville Sanctuary. Interact with native wildlife in a stunning bushland setting, while learning about how the sanctuary is committed to fighting extinction.
12 Great Ocean Road
Continue to discover this dramatic coastline with a visit to the 12 Apostles. Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland some 10ā€“20 million years ago, these spectacular rock formations rise up dramatically from the Southern Ocean. (B/L/D)
13 Depart Melbourne
Return to Melbourne, where your journey comes to an end with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Spot local wildlife while an Indigenous expert will offer an insight into bush food, medicine and survival skills.
  • Embark on guided exploration to discover Jillabenan Cave's delicate stalagmites, stalactites, shawls and cave corals.
  • Ride the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to lunch at Australia's highest restaurant 1,937 metres above Thredbo Village.
Trip Inclusions
  • Experiences in 20 destinations
  • Expert APT Driver-Guide
  • Airport transfers and park fees
Included Meals
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 35 meals included throughout this tour
Activity Level
  • Activity Level: Moderate ā€“ includes mainly easy walks with some more moderate
  • A good level of fitness is essential for you to undertake walks in hot conditions and over terrain with uneven and slippery surfaces. Some walks will require you to clamber over boulders up to one metre high
  • Mobility is needed boarding or alighting vehicles and cruise ships
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • This tour includes mainly easy walks over uneven terrain, with some optional more challenging hikes
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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Saturday 16 Oct 2021 Thursday 28 Oct 2021 280per person 6,715per person Enquire
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Saturday 13 Nov 2021 Thursday 25 Nov 2021 280per person 6,715per person Enquire
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